Grand Bank Li­ons cel­e­brate 65th char­ter an­niver­sary

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY PAUL HERRIDGE

It all started with 35 peo­ple and a vi­sion, Grand Bank Li­ons Club mem­ber Carl Rose said.

“What they saw was the ur­gent need for a ser­vice club in the area, a group that would pro­vide ser­vices that oth­er­wise would prob­a­bly not be ful­filled,” he said.

The Grand Bank-For­tune Li­ons Club formed on Oct. 23, 1951. Later on, a new club was es­tab­lished in For­tune, spon­sored by the Grand Bank Li­ons.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion gath­ered to cel­e­brate its 65th char­ter an­niver­sary Nov. 26.

The Grand Bank group’s in­flu­ence spurred the growth of Lion­ism in the re­gion, said Rose, who was chair­man and em­cee for the event.

Clubs in St- Pierre- Miquelon, St. Lawrence, Har­bour Bre­ton and Gar­nish were also spon­sored by the Grand Bank Li­ons, he pointed out.

Li­ons N4 dis­trict gov­er­nor Sam Wells of the St. John’s Li­ons Club was on hand as guest speaker for the even­ing.

Wells said his theme for the year, “Get Back to Ba­sics,” is about Li­ons do­ing what they used to do years ago – be­ing vis­i­ble in the com­mu­nity.

“Now what’s hap­pen­ing is that we de­pend on the almighty dol­lar to get pub­lic­ity. That doesn’t al­ways work,” he said.

Wells said this com­ing May 6 has been iden­ti­fied as a day ev­ery Li­ons Club in the dis­trict will get out and do a com­mu­nity project.

Wells pre­sented three mem­bers of Grand Bank Li­ons with chevrons from Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vice dur­ing his com­ments.

Al­lis­ter Buf­fett has 55 years of ser­vice, while Lewis Payne has reached 40 years and Lance Black­more has been a mem­ber for 25 years.

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Awards pre­sented dur­ing the Grand Bank Li­ons Club’s 65th char­ter an­niver­sary in­cluded (from left) Walt Baker, Judge Brian Steven­son Fel­low­ship; Judy Par­sons, Life Mem­ber­ship (Li­ons Foun­da­tion of Canada); Carl Rose, Melvin Jones Fel­low­ship; Har­ri­ett Savoury, Life Mem­ber­ship (Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional); Ber­nice Drake, Life Mem­ber­ship (Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional); and Li­ons N4 dis­trict gov­er­nor Sam Wells.

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Patsy Cur­tis, rep­re­sent­ing Bonavista-Burin-Trin­ity MP Judy Foote, pre­sented Grand Bank Li­ons Club pres­i­dent Charles Savoury with a plaque in recog­ni­tion of the group’s 65th an­niver­sary.

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Lance Black­more (left) and Lewis Payne were pre­sented with chevrons from Li­ons Clubs In­ter­na­tional in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vice. Black­more has 25 years of ser­vice while Payne has been a mem­ber for 40 years. Al­lis­ter Buf­fett, who was un­able to at­tend the event, was also rec­og­nized for 55 years of ser­vice.

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